Life Changing Experiences

Dear Family,

Before I get much into my week, I’ll answer all your questions. At my house right now, we have a laundry machine and then we hang the clothes up to dry. I have done hand washing in my mission though. It takes a long time! Haha. Belize is a lot like what you would picture of the Jamacian culture. It is mostly black people, but there are a lot of Latinos here too. I am actually over a Spanish branch, but I help with the English one too.

I have been doing a lot of studying in Preach My Gospel lately and watching the PMG videos and doing practices with them with my companion. It has made me really focus on what it means to be a Preach My Gospel missionary. As I try to follow exactly what PMG teaches, it has helped me to become more focused on the missionary work and less worried about other things. Also, my companion and I are always talking about the missionaries and the investigators, so that helps me to focus a lot on the mission as well.

My new companion, Elder Hacking, is awesome! We were good friends before we were companions already, so we were both pretty excited that we get to be companions. When I was a zone leader in Santa Tecla, he was the financial secretary in the office, so we saw each other quite a bit (the office is about 10 minutes away from where my area was). He is from Ephraim, UT and has about 20 months on the mission. He is a really solid missionary and loves to work hard. We work really hard and well together, and we also have a lot of fun. We have a lot to talk about and the days go by really fast. He knows the scriptures really well and I have been learning a lot from him. He is probably one of the best missionaries that is here in this mission, so it is awesome to be able to have him as a companion.

This week was a pretty solid one. We had to spend a lot of time running errands and helping out with a missionary that was sick and in the hospital, but we still managed to make up the time in our area working. While we were in our area, we worked extremely hard and had a lot of success. We found a lot of new people to teach and some of them were people that have come to church a few times in the past with other missionaries. Our investigator that was going to get baptized this weekend ended up deciding not to. It was a little sad, because she is very prepared and has a testimony that the church is true, but I am sure she will get baptized soon. I think her nerves about being baptized just got her a little bit. She is 100% ready for baptism though, so we will work with her this week to see how she feels. We have another investigator that is going to be getting baptized this weekend too. He is the one that I told you about that prayed to find the true church and showed up at our church the next day. He is loving what we teach and has an incredible amount of faith. Things are going really well here.

My mission has been teaching me a lot. It has been a great experience to see the changes in people here, but as I have taught the gospel and watched it change other peoples lives, I have seen a huge change in my own as well. My testimony has been strengthened and I have become a better man because of it. There is not a day that goes by that I am not happy I made the decision to come back out and finish my mission. It has changed my life.

Well I hope you all have a great week! Love you!


Elder Black


Mail can still be sent to my address in El Salvador, but it will take longer for me to get it. My new mailing address is as follows:

Elder Aaron Black

Misión El Salvador San Salvador Oeste/Belize

  PO Box 1123 Belize City, Belize C.A.




With his new companion, Elder Hacking.

A New Companion

Dear Family,

It was great to talk to you all yesterday. I don’t really have a lot more to say than what I already said in the Skype call. I found out my changes last night. I will be staying as AP in Belize with another missionary that is named Elder Hacking. He just finished being the financial secretary and is coming back to Belize for the second time. He is one of my good buddies out here in the mission. President Hintze gave me permission to call him yesterday and we were both pretty excited about being companions. This next change is going to be a great one. I am really excited for it. Elder Hales is going to be going back to El Salvador to finish up his last change over there.

Well I love you all and hope you have a great week!


Elder Black



With the famous Belize sign.


He’ll have to wait until after the mission to play in the water!



Baptisms this past week.

Relying on the Spirit

Dear Family,

This week was another fast one. We had some pretty cool experiences. We have been focusing a lot on being better at relying on the spirit as missionaries and not on our own knowledge. It has been changing my mission a lot and it has been helping me get closer to my goal of being a consecrated missionary.

A few days ago, it was pretty close to the end of the day and all of our appointments fell. We were thinking of what we could do and were both coming up with a blank. As we were driving back from our last fallen visit, I decided to pull over and say a prayer to ask where Heavenly Father wanted us to go. My companion had a family name come to his mind as soon as I finished the prayer, so we went to visit them. One of the daughters boyfriends was there and was really interested in the message that we shared. We have a FHE set up with them today to go back and share more. The family is a less active family too, so hopefully our message helps them make it to church and to bring the boyfriend also.

The other cool experience we had this week was of a man that showed up to church yesterday. He told us that he has visited many churches, but always finds things in each church that he feels is wrong and drives him away. On Saturday night, he prayed and asked God to help him find a church that teaches the truth. As he was walking around yesterday, he came by our church right at the time it was starting and something made him stop and just stare at the building. He asked a woman that was going in what it was that was there. She explained to him that is was a church. She invited him to come in, so he did and loved church. We are going to visit him tonight too. He is extremely positive and told us that he is going to try to bring a friend with him that has been searching for the truth as well. It was a blessing that came from the hard work that Elder Hales and I have been putting in. I know that when we are the type of missionaries that the Lord wants us to be, the blessings and miracles will come.

Well I hope you guys all have a great week! I am doing great out here and loving my mission a lot! Love you!


Elder Black

Tired and Happy

Dear Family,

To answer your questions…. I may not look it in some of those pictures, but I am definitely pretty tired! Haha. Those pictures of the sunrise was when we were having to get up at 5:30 to go do everyone’s interviews. Elder Hales is from around the Dallas area. Teaching in English is quite a bit different than teaching in Spanish. I still have a Spanish word that slips through sometimes in English lessons. I actually teach in Spanish as well though. My assigned branch is a Spanish one, but we work with an English one as well. There are more people to teach in English here though.

This past week, I went to a place called Benque Viejo to go work with the zone leaders over there. It was a really fun interchange. I went and worked with Elder Maliga. We were in a zone together when I first got back to the mission, so it was fun going and working with one of my good friends in the mission.

We worked hard and between managing our area and some of the other administrative duties that we have, we were both pretty worn out when we got home each night. The other night while we were waiting for the zone leaders to call us and report on their days, I fell asleep. I was just laying there waiting and the next thing I knew, about 45 minutes had passed by and the zone leaders were calling to report on their zones. I didn’t even realize that I had fallen asleep until my phone was ringing. I am getting more and more used to our schedule though.

Belize is an extremely beautiful country. I have gotten the chance to travel a lot and this last week, I got to see a little more of Belize. It is a place full of pretty nature scenes and the pictures don’t really do it justice. I have loved my time here so far. It goes by extremely fast. I feel like I just barely got here and it has already been a month since I showed up here. I don’t think time has ever flown by this fast in my entire life. I almost just want it to slow down a little. We are so busy that a lot of times I feel like we need more hours in the day to accomplish everything we would like to. I like life that way though. Having a busy life is way better than having nothing to do.

This week the Milligan family didn’t come to church. I was a pretty big bummer to not see them there, but I know they will continue progressing. They are a great family and will get baptized eventually. We are just going to have to move their baptismal date back a little bit. We have been thinking and praying a lot about what we can do for them to help them come to know the truth that we teach. Now it is time to be patient though. As you said mom, the Lord does things in his own time.

We had a couple missionaries that served here come back to Belize to visit and they came out and worked with us a little bit yesterday and are taking us out to lunch today. They are pretty cool guys and they showed us a few less active families that we didn’t know. Now we will have a few more people that we can visit. We are really focusing on working through less active and also active families to find their family members that have not been baptized yet. I am sure we will start to have some success with that.

Well I hope you all have a great week! Love you!


Elder Black






At the Mayan temp.


San Ignacio River


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Finding Success in Belize

Dear Family,

This week was extremely fast. My companion and I are always super busy with balancing running errands and working in our own area as well. It wears me out, but I am really loving it a lot. It is fun to be able to travel the country and work with lots of missionaries. We spend a lot of time driving, but even that goes by pretty fast. We had to go check up on the missionaries that are working in San Pedro (a city out on an island), so we got to take a boat out there through the Caribbean Sea. The boat ride out there was awesome! It was crystal clear and shallow through a lot of it, so as we were driving out there, I could see the sea floor for a lot of it. I am definitely coming back out here after the mission. I had a pretty strong urge to jump in the water! Haha. We stopped by Caye Caulker on the way out there too. The water there is what you would picture as the perfect tropical paradise. I was definitely enjoying that boat ride. It’s not every day that you get to go out on a boat ride as a missionary.

We also worked a lot with the Milligan family. They are a family of 5 that is probably going to be getting baptized on the 30 of April. They went to a baptismal service that some other missionaries had with us yesterday. They really liked it and I think it helped them to get excited for their own baptisms. We also talked to them about getting married. When she asked her boyfriend about if he wanted to get married, so just said that they could do it anytime she wanted. So we are going to help them get married, then baptize them and their kids after.

We worked super hard this week looking for new investigators to teach. We found tons of new investigators and focused a lot on trying to get people to church. We ended up having 8 investigators in church. I know that the hard work we put in paid off. I know the Lord blesses us when we put in our best efforts. I may not be with 8 investigators in church every week, but the blessings will come some way or another at some point. I love being out here on a mission. It is hot and humid here, but my testimony has grown a ton and my love for the gospel has also grown. I don’t think I could have made any better decision in my life than coming out on a mission. I hope you all have a great week! Love you!


Elder Black





Visiting missionaries throughout Belize


Companionship Study








Mayan Ruins